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From Shanghai to Saratoga: Shanghai Philharmonic Joins Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC

August 19, 2017

As part of our commitment to cultural diplomacy, a group of eight musicians from the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) joined The Philadelphia Orchestra during the third week of our annual residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

The week focused on peer-to-peer learning, including one-on-one coaching with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, side-by-side rehearsals, and a chamber performance at the Northshire Bookstore.


Violinist Mei Ching Huang (right) coaches Xia YunJui, Liu He, and Wang Le of the Shanghai Philharmonic.


Principal Cello Hai Ye Ni (left) talks through a passage with Zhang Jingzhuo of the Shanghai Philharmonic.


Piccolo player Erica Peel works with Zhou Shinan of the Shanghai Philharmonic.


Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales (center) coaches Chen Qiang and Chen Qu of the Shanghai Philharmonic.


Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams discusses reed making with Cheng Yue of the Shanghai Philharmonic.


Zhou Shinan, flute (SPO); Cheng Yue, oboe (SPO); Jeffry Kirschen, horn (PO); Chen Qu, bassoon (SPO); and Chen Qiang, clarinet (SPO) perform at the Chamber Music Concert at the Northshire Bookstore.

Yunhui Xia, violin (SPO); Le Wang, violin (SPO); John Koen, cello (PO); and Marvin Moon, viola (PO) perform at the Northshire Bookstore.

 Liu He, violin (SPO); Mei Ching Huang, violin (PO); Meng Wang, viola (PO); and Zhang Jingzhuo, cello (SPO) at the Northshire Bookstore.

The celebration culminated with a joint performance of Saint-Saëns’s “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the Friday, August 18, performance at SPAC.


Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore recognizes the SPO musicians before the start of the August 18 concert.

The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra is owned by the Shanghai Media Group, one of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s strategic partners in China. The SPO fellowship at SPAC marks the culmination of our fruitful partnership with SPO this season.


(Front row, left to right): Sun Hong, executive vice president of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra; Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Allison Vulgamore; Ryan Fleur, Philadelphia Orchestra executive vice president of orchestra advancement; and Freda Wang, Philadelphia Orchestra senior advisor of global initiatives and government relations, join the SPO musicians for a post-concert photo.

Photos by Gary Gold